The latest of these incidents occurred on Tuesday of this week where a 17 year old minor stole a woman’s purse as she made her way through one of the walkways beside Oriole Street, Belmopan.
It is cases like these that has prompted a cleanup initiative to clear out some of the overhanging tree branches along the central walkway that took place this morning. Officer in Command of Belmopan Police, Supt. Howell Gillette, explained that the police partnered with the Belmopan City Council to see this project through
“This is as a result of a meeting, we had I think it is Wednesday of this week with the Mayor and we told him what were some of the problems that we were having, particularly the central walkway. So, we have decided to partner together with the city council and our officer to work on this walk way to clean up and free the lights because the lights were covered by the trees”.
Supt. Howell Gillett: “There is another side to policing, and in my view, this is the best way to…and also this has shown that when we engage in type four of policing, that is, partnering with your stakeholders, you find that it has better results”.
This cleanup campaign also ties in with type 1 policing, which is the investigation and apprehension of individuals. Supt. Howell Gillette explains.
Supt. Howell Gillett: “For far part of our cases, we need to have a good view of the assailant whenever in any crime. So, we need to have all the things in place, so that we have successful cases whenever crime occurs on this walkway. We do not want it to happen. That is why we are here today to try to be in a preventative mood t0 stem crimes that were occurring on the walkway”.
The cleanup campaign moves on to other central walkways in the area.
In related news the, the Police meet and greet program which was scheduled for Saturday June 7th has been postponed to June 21st.